Information Literacy: General Websites
Information Literacy Assessment
Information Literacy Articles
Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use
information. The beginning of the 21st century has been called the
Information Age because of the explosion of information output and
information sources. It has become increasingly clear that students
cannot learn everything they need to know in their field of study in a
few years of college. Information literacy equips them with the critical
skills necessary to become independent lifelong learners.
Too often we
assume that as students write research papers and read textbooks they
are gaining sufficient IL skills. This is not so. IL skills may be
introduced but what is needed is a parallel curriculum in IL forming a
strong foundation of a college education.
American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information
Literacy (January 10, 1989, Washington, D.C.) says “Ultimately,
information literate people are those who have learned how to learn.
They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how
to find information, and how to use information in such a way that
others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong
learning, because they can always find the information needed for any
task or decision at hand.”
Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring
individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to
locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." An
information literate individual is able to:
Determine the extent of information needed
- Access the needed information effectively and
- Evaluate information and its sources
- Incorporate selected information into one’s
- Use information effectively to accomplish a
- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues
surrounding the use of information, and access and use information
ethically and legally
American Library Association (ALA), Association of College
and Research Libraries (ACRL)
National Council of Libraries (US)
International Federation of Library Associations and
Information Literacy Instruction for
Educators Edited by Dawn Shinew and Scott
(Michael B. Eisenberg). Information Literacy Instruction for
Educators: A Global Perspective on Needs and Opportunities (Scott Walter
and Danw M. Shinew). Technology and the Concept of information
Literacy for Pre-Service Teachers (Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe).
Whither They Go: An Analysis of the Inclusion of School Library Programs
and Services in the Preparation of Pre-Service Teachers in Canadian
Universities (Marlene Asselin and Ray Doiron). Teaching, Learning and
Information Literacy: Developing an Understanding of Pre-Service
Teacher's Knowledge (Jennifer L. Branch). A Flying Start for Our
Future Teachers: A Comprehensive Information Literacy Program for
Pre-Service Education Students at the University of Wollongong,
Australia (Suzanne Lipu). Teaching Teachers to Teach:
Collaborating with a University Education Department to Teach Skills in
Information Literacy Pedagogy (Steve W. Witt and Julia B. Dickinson).
Survey of the Influence of Mississippi School Library Programs on
Academic Achievement: Implications for Administration Preparation
Programs (Thelma Roberson, William Schweinle and Mary Beth Applin).
Information Literacy in a Doctoral program (Maria Grant and Marlowe
Berg). Information Literacy in Pre-Service Teacher Education: An
Annotated Bibliography (Corey M. Johnson and Lorena O'English).
Alliance for a Media Literate America
The AMLA is
committed to promoting media literacy education that is focused on
critical inquiry, learning, and skill-building. This national,
grassroots membership organization is a key force in bringing media
literacy education to all 60 million students in the United States,
their parents, their teachers, and others who care about youth.
to attend NMEC 2007? The National Education Association Foundation
Learning and Leadership Grants provide $2,000 for individuals and $5,000
for groups of public school teachers, public education support
professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher
education to fund participation in high-quality professional development
experiences. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2006.
NMEC 2007 Preparations are underway for two AMLA
events in 2007. AMLA will host the bi-annual National Media Education
Conference (NMEC) June 23 - 27 in St. Louis. Our conference theme
will be "Exploring Media Literacy in the 21st Century." NMEC
participants can look forward to a focus on the exploration of media
literacy as a critical life skill for the 21st century. Experts and
practitioners will present practical approaches and research models of
media literacy for the home, school and community.
In addition to NMEC, The AMLA will feature a Media
Literacy Education Research Summit as a major pre-conference event. The
conference will also feature Modern Media Makers (M3), an organized
opportunity for local St. Louis youth to learn critical media literacy
and production skills in an educational environment. The young people
will showcase their work for conference participants during NMEC.
Following the NMEC theme of exploration the AMLA
Research Summit pre-conference will host an international group of
experts from a diverse array of fields who will convene under the aegis
of the Alliance for a Media-Literate America (AMLA), to review the
existing research evidence about the efficacy of media literacy
education and to develop a research agenda for the future.
CFP: LILAC 2006: Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference.
of Leeds, 27th-29th March 2006 Deadline: November 30, 2005.
Organised by the Information Literacy Sub-group of CSG (CILIP).
themes: -Embedding and enriching -Information Literacy and citizenship
-New areas of practice and research -Practical